Monday, 3 June 2019


Shellharbour City Council Mayor Marianne Saliba is the new leader of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA).

This prestigious position oversees ALGWA branches in every state and territory in Australia. Cr Saliba’s role as national president is in addition to her position as immediate president of ALGWA NSW.

ALGWA is the peak representative body supporting women who are in any way involved in local government.

The organisation aims to promote gender equality within councils for both elected representatives and staff, and encourages women to embrace challenges and be the best version of themselves.

It seeks to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government.

The Mayor said ALGWA had an outstanding record of accomplishment in supporting and encouraging elected women and women staff in councils across Australia.

“I am very pleased to elected the president of ALGWA’s national branch. I look forward to working with our executive and members to continue to increase the involvement of women in our sector,” Cr Saliba said.

“I am passionate about ensuring the fair treatment of all people, and I firmly believe that many more women can make an impact in their communities by getting involved in local government.”

The Mayor said the roles complement her position as Mayor of Shellharbour City, further promoting the city.

“I will represent women with pride in this new role, never losing sight of the fact that as Mayor of Shellharbour I have a vital role to perform within my local community.”

Shellharbour to host 2020 State ALGWA Conference

As an added boost for the city, Shellharbour Council will host the next NSW Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) conference in 2020.

The conference will feature an excellent selection of speakers, organised activities and workshops.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba, who is the national president of ALGWA, said she was thrilled to be hosting the 2020 conference.

She said the theme was ‘Women In The Know Are Women Who Grow’, which will explore the importance of women seeking knowledge in order to contribute, empower and lead.

“I’m so proud that Shellharbour City will be hosting this important event. Women in local government, like women in all industries and workplaces, often do not recognise their value.

“It’s vitally important for women to support and mentor each other professionally and to harness every opportunity they can.”

“This event attracts people from across NSW and will be a boost to our economy, with participants staying in local accommodation, eating in our restaurants, and purchasing all manner of goods and services during their stay.

“I’m very much looking forward to showcasing Shellharbour and showing representatives from all over NSW what our beautiful city has to offer.”

Media queries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.


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